In a recent interview with “The Mistress Carrie Podcast”, John 5 agree with the oft-repeated claim that the vast majority of a guitarist’s sound comes from his playing technique, not his equipment.
“I believe the sound is really coming from your hands and the way your hands hit those strings and how they press down on those strings and hit that guitar,” the elder MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
“Eddie van halen was saying, he was, like, ‘If [I] take an acoustic guitar and play it, it’s gonna sound like Eddie van halen, ‘and then if I take it, it’ll sound like me. It’s just in your hands, in your DNA.
“I took Eddieguitar during rehearsals and played with his rig, but it sounded like I was playing with another guitar rig “, John 5 noted. “So it’s just in someone’s hands. I’ll talk to Eddie about it, and he says, ‘[It’s] right in your hands. And he always said that. And I just thought it was so interesting. And that’s true, because you can play on anyone’s rig, but it will still sound like you.
“It’s funny because they sell the Eddie van halen amps, pedals and all that, but you’re always gonna sound like you. I mean, their products are amazing – that’s why they sell them, because they’re awesome, great amps and pedals – but you’re not going to sound like Eddie van halen. It’s your DNA. This is how you play. “
John 5 went to detail the differences between Eddie van halen‘s playing technique and his, saying: “Eddie was playing and he was pressing so hard, hitting so hard thatâ¦ His guitar technician was my guitar technician; my guitar tech was his guitar tech for a little while. And he said he should tune it a little wrong because he would press so hard. But with me it’s different because I hit so light. It’s like you ever see a violinist, they just do it so light. And that’s how I play; I just play it with such a light touch. And one time on that last tour, I snapped a string, and it was like, ‘Oh my God. I can’t believe this guy broke a string. It was a breathtaking moment because I play so light. “
John 5 already discussed his friendship with Eddie van halen during an appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” a day after the death of the legendary guitarist. At the time, he said: âWe all knew that Eddie was not well, but he is like our Superman. [We all thought] ‘Eddieit’ll be OK. We saw it at TOOL concert. He’s going to beat that. Everything will be alright. He is our Superman. ‘ And when this news broke I was talking to Fred coury [CINDERELLA], and I said, ‘I have to go.’ I just hung up and had to pull over on the freeway. I just couldn’t believe it. I was just shocked. It’s just the worst news, the worst. Because we listened to it every day; we saw his photo every day; he’s been a part of our lives since the late 1970s, and now he’s gone. But he changed the world forever, that’s for sure. “
John 5, who got his first big break playing on David lee roththe solo album of, “DLR tape”, before landing with Manson and now Zombie, said he first learned Eddiedeclining health of VAN HALEN a singer.
“I talked to Roth awhile ago, and he was like, ‘Yeah, Eddieit’s not going well,'” John 5 recalled. “And I remember setting there in his place, and I started to stand up, I started to cry. I was like, ‘Okay, get yourself together.’ Because it’s you hear it from someone who is close to Ed. I was like, ‘Alright. Keep it together. ‘ Because I was shocked. I was like, ‘Oh my god. It can’t be. ‘”
John 5 confirmed he knew Eddie personally after meeting the VAN HALEN guitarist almost three decades ago.
“I haven’t talked about it much,” he said. “But I spoke to Ed a lot on the phone. We sat on the phone for a long time. I don’t really talk about it, but we would sit on the phone and chat for a long time, tell stories and talk about guitars and bands, and it was always positive. “
“I think I first met him in ’93 through Robert knight, the photograph. It was kind of a nice touch – “Hello, how are you?” Â»- at events and others. But then it got a little bit closer when I started playing with it Dave and Manson and all. But yes, he gave me a guitar; I gave him one of mine. We were pretty close – not great, super close like I am with Dave Where Mike [Anthony] or something like that. But he knew – I would always tell him how much he meant to me and how much he meant to a million other guitarists. “
Elaborate on what made Eddieplay the guitar so special, Jeans said: “The thing about Ed is – that people who don’t play guitar don’t understand this – he looked at the instrument differently, just like [Apple co-founder] Steve Jobs would look at a different computer or something; [American inventor Thomas] Edison would look at something different. And that’s what was so special, and that’s why we lost such a giant, such an important figure in music.
“I would go down to VAN HALEN rehearsal and I would take his guitar and play through his rig, and I wouldn’t sound anything Eddie van halen even though I played a VAN HALEN song, âhe explained.â And it is the difference, because that’s what’s in you. These are the hands; it is that feeling. It’s like trying to describe the color blue. It’s a feeling, and it’s something that you have. And I don’t know if we’ll ever have this again – ever. “
An unreleased video by John 5 take over VAN HALENthe version of “You really got me”, with VAN HALEN‘s Michel Antoine on bass, NOOSE‘s Corey taylor singing and CINDERELLA‘s Fred coury on drums, we can see it below.
Eddie died in October 2020 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California.
The iconic VAN HALEN Axeman died of cancer, his son confirmed.
Eddie and Alexis form VAN HALEN in 1972 in Pasadena, California, with Roth singing and Antoine on bass.
VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Rolling stone classified magazine Eddie van halen No. 8 in his list of the 100 greatest guitarists.
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We have lost our modern Mozart today Eddie Van Halen. There is no one who changed my life or influenced me more than Eddie, he was an incredible inventor, songwriter and the greatest guitarist who ever lived. RIP my friend. #eddievanhalen #rip
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